Hip replacement surgery is a procedure for replacing damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint with prosthetic parts. The procedure helps improve joint function and mobility, and alleviates hip pain and stiffness. The experienced orthopedic doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, or Haymarket, VA, specialize in hip replacement surgery and can determine if you are a candidate.
Candidates for Hip Replacement
More conservative treatment methods, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications, should always be utilized before turning to hip replacement surgery. However, if conservative treatments no longer provide relief from joint pain, stiffness, and other symptoms, hip replacement surgery is the next step.
Candidates for hip replacement surgery should be in generally good health overall and be experiencing one of more of the following symptoms:
- Constant hip pain or discomfort, even while resting
- Stiffness in the hip joint that impairs leg mobility
- Hip pain even after continued use of conservative treatments
- Limited mobility due to hip pain and discomfort
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery can involve total replacement of the hip joint or replacing only the ball portion of the hip joint, which is known as hemiarthroplasty. The skilled orthopedic surgeons at our practice in Haymarket, VA, can determine which hip replacement surgery you need. The procedure can be performed as a traditional open hip replacement or using a robotic surgical system called MAKOplasty® that is controlled by the surgeon.
Hip replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes a few hours from start to finish. During the procedure, the damaged hip joint is removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint. The surgeon will test the fit of the prosthetic components during surgery to ensure a perfect fit and then secure them in place with surgical screws or surgical cement. Finally, the surgical site will be closed and you will be ready to begin the recovery process.
Hip Replacement Recovery
The total length of time it takes to fully recover from hip replacement surgery depends on several factors and varies from one individual to the next, but usually takes between 6-12 months. The type of surgery performed, whether total hip replacement or hemiarthroplasty, can affect recovery time. During recovery, many patients benefit from doing physical therapy and other rehabilitation services available at our office.
Hip replacement surgery can restore mobility and function, while alleviating chronic pain, stiffness, and discomfort. To learn more about hip replacement, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket, VA, at (703) 369-9070. For your convenience, we are also located in Manassas.